From its eponymous theme song to its mind-boggling quiz questions, NBC‘s game show Jeopardy! has been a mainstay of cable television since it first aired in 1964. The fall of 2020 marked the show’s 37th season.
And while the late Alex Trebek hasn’t been the only host of Jeopardy!, he is by far the most recognizable face of the brand. As a host, Trebek was renowned for his even keel, gentle wit, and steady hand as he steered each episode’s three contestants through round after round of questions.
And his on-screen demeanor wasn’t an act. In fact, his on-screen presence can give you a clue to what he thought would be America’s greatest downfall.
Alex Trebek | Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesWhat is…Alex Trebek?
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While Jeopardy! airs in millions of American homes every day, Trebek was actually born in Canada and didn’t become a citizen until 1998. “George Alexander Trebek was born on July 22, 1940, the oldest of two children to a Ukraine emigré and his French-Canadian wife,” reports the CBC.
According to the CBC, one of Trebek’s first jobs was as a CBC radio announcer while he was still in college. Within a few years, he was hosting the Canadian TV show Music Hop.
Even back then, Trebek’s demeanor and voice made him popular with game show audiences, and he ended up hosting game shows like The $128,000 Question and High Rollers before NBC approached him in the 1980s and asked him to become Jeopardy!‘s second host.
November 8th marked the sad end of an era
We have lost an icon. Almost every night for more than three decades, Alex Trebek entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss. pic.twitter.com/XoobAfJwBv
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 8, 2020
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According to ET Canada, Trebek had been suffering from stomach pain for a while before seeing a doctor and getting diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer in 2019.
Trebek announced the news of his diagnosis himself in a video posted on YouTube, and thanked the audience and …
Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet